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Relationships between ecological and chemical status of surface waters


The strategic objective of the REBECCA proposal is to provide relevant scientific support for the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD). The two specific aims of the project are, firstly, to establish links between ecological status of surface waters and physic-chemical quality elements and pressures from different sources, and, secondly, to develop and validate tools that member states can use in the process of classification, in the design of their monitoring programs, and in the design of measures in accordance with the requirements of the WFD. These objectives will be achieved by collating existing knowledge and analysing knowledge gaps, and using this information as a basis for analysing the dose-response relationships between pressures and chemical/biological quality elements based on existing data. Furthermore, REBECCA will explore, develop and improve models and statistical tools, which can be used in assessing the links between the ecological and chemical quality elements; or to assess critical/target loads and other objectives for pressures. These tools will be validated in selected test sites. The results of the project will be disseminated throughout the project lifetime to stakeholders at EU and national levels, particularly to the Working Groups of the Common Implementation Strategy (CIS) for the WFD, and used to develop a Toolbox containing detailed information of the methods, tools and models.

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